Executive of Hewlett-Packard and Republican fundraiser Meg Whitman let it be known on Tuesday that she will be backing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for president.
The Hewlett-Packard executive says that she plans to give a “substantial” donation to Clinton’s campaign to ensure that the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, doesn’t get elected.
On Tuesday, Whitman told The New York Times:
‘I will vote for Hillary, I will talk to my Republican friends about helping her, and I will donate to her campaign and try to raise money for her.’
Meg Whitman ran for California Governor in 2010, and she admits that she does not agree with the Democratic nominee on several issues. However, she confesses that Clinton would “be a much better president than Donald Trump.” She thinks that it’s time for Republicans “to put country first.”
One of Whitman’s aides says the billionaire and executive would give Hillary Clinton’s campaign somewhere in the neighborhood of “mid-six-figures.”
Whitman says that Trump, whom she referred to as “a dishonest demagogue,” would lead the country “on a very dangerous journey.”
She also, true to her word, hosted a Republican donor party, where she compared the Republican presidential nominee to Mussolini and Hitler.
‘Time and again history has shown that when demagogues have gotten power or come close to getting power, it usually does not end well.’
She also said that Trump has “undermined the character of the nation.”
Whitman spent her own money, $140 million to be exact, when she ran for governor of California. The former eBay chief executive is probably going to make waves after coming forward as a supporter of the Democratic presidential nominee. Not only does she have ties to the country’s elite businessmen and women, but she’s also a female executive in Silicon Valley.
Despite the fact that quite a few Republican donors have emphasized that they won’t be donating to the Trump Campaign, they have not donated to Hillary Clinton’s campaign either.
Whitman was one of the leading fundraisers for Mitt Romney in 2008, and this year she was the chair of Chris Christie’s Republican presidential finance team. Christie withdrew from the race early and endorsed Donald Trump. Whitman says she hasn’t spoken to Christie since then.
Whitman says she is still very much a Republican but will provide a vast group of contributors, many of whom she insists are open to donating to the Clinton Campaign.
The Hewlett-Packard executive says that she did not fully commit to endorsing Hillary Clinton until a phone conversation last month, during which Whitman says they had “a lovely chat” about economic issues.
Part of what helped Whitman come to her decision to support the Clinton Campaign is the fact that Clinton picked Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate. Whitman said, “that was a positive for me.”
‘I don’t agree with her on very many issues but she would be a much better president than Donald Trump.’
Many people, even Republicans, can agree on that.
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